The music industry, fans and followers are still coping with the death of the legendary singer Lata Mangechkar and remember the musical aura through his timeless creations. During her prolific music career, the singer has delivered over 25,000 singles and play tracks including all native languages. With a comprehensive analysis of his musical performances and fan response, a list of his top 10 creations has been compiled. Let’s count down these top 10 soul tracks.
It is one of the iconic tracks of the Bollywood music industry which is still considered one of the chartbusters. This soundtrack of the film ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’ is able to offer goosebumps to the children of the 90s as well as the future generation with its romantic approach. Composed by Jatin-Lalit, this timeless single was sung by Lata and Kumar Sanu and featured by Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol in the music video. It has garnered over 117 million views on YouTube and continues to garner more.
Released in 1967, this track never fails to impress listeners in contemporary times. His musical excellence, mood and lyrical approach create an exciting truth-telling vibe that fits the situation perfectly. This is one of the famous soundtracks from the movie “Jewel Thief”. Lata Mangeshkar performed a duet performance with Bhupinder Singh and turned this single into a masterpiece.
“Aaj Phir Jeene Ki Tamanna” is perhaps the most invigorating track sung by Lata that offers a motivating subject matter of passion for life. Released in 1959, it is the first single from the movie ‘Guide’ which is based on the novel ‘The Guide’, written by R. K Narayan. The track is composed by SD Burman and offers the powerful performance of Lata Mangeshkar’s prolific vocal skills.
This track also appears in the movie “Guide” and mesmerizes listeners with Lata’s solo singing performance. Her magical voice, high frequencies and smooth transitions produce an organic essence that pierces deep into the heart of every music lover. In the film, Waheeda Rehman can be seen performing on the track, a stage performance that gives it a grander touch.
This timeless piece of creation is still hummed by millions of music lovers for its unforgettable groove and unique musical influences. Sachin Dev Burman masterfully crafted the soundscape through which the two musical legends, Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar criss-crossed. The signature blend of these male and female voices has delivered some of the music industry’s biggest hits. Written by Anand Bakshi, it is one of the sweetest tracks appearing in ‘Aaradhana’. The track was released in 1969 and continues to drive music lovers crazy.
Lata Mangeshkar is the queen of melody who could extract emotion and optimism at the same time just by bending her vocal skills and this track is the greatest example of that. Composed by Madan Mohan and written by Raja Mehdi Ali Khan, this single delivers a full dose of soulful vocals and poetic lyricism. It was released in 1966, Lata Mangeshkar’s heyday in Bollywood.
It is another iconic song by Lata Mangeshkar and Madan Mohan Duo which has taken over Bollywood. Featuring Mala Sinha and Dharmendra, this visual depiction of the track delivers the retro rooftop romance that stirs the inner emotions of music lovers. This soundtrack appears in the movie ‘Anpadh’.
It is one of the hottest singles in modern Bollywood music due to its production, stunning songwriting and alluring cast. Shah Rukh Khan and Preity Zinta were featured in the clip as the soundtrack belongs to the movie “Ashoka”. Lata has proven his excellence in retro and classical Indian music as well as modern Bollywood chartbusters. His musical versatility reflects this single. Composed by AR Rahman and written by Gulzar, this single is still buzzing in listeners’ playlists.
This Bollywood single belongs to the black and white era, from the movie ‘Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai’. It is one of the most beautiful and philosophical pieces that sheds light on the tumult and struggles of life as well as its acceptance. Released in 1960, this single is solely written by Shailendra composed by the legendary duo Shankar-Jaikishan.
It would be hard to find a person who hasn’t watched this movie or listened to its main song. Released in 2001, this track lives on in every generation’s good book. Sung by Sonu Nigam and Lata Mangechkar, this iconic single has won numerous accolades, awards and industry proven track record. Composed by Jatin-Lalit, the track is still garnering attention through millions of live streams.
It’s almost impossible to talk about Lata Mangeshkar’s oceanic contribution in a single article. However, these top 10 tracks will always remain the same, just the artist’s undying musical aura and influence.
Jennifer Stone turned her love of music to writing. She is one of the writers of Daily Music Roll and indulges in creating positive reviews, music blogs and music press releases for various artists here.